September 29, 2011 § 2 Comments
The Circle, or Disk, has come to stand for perfection and unity; oneness. It is also a symbol for infinity/eternity or heaven and the celestial. And because of its likeness to the sun and the moon, also representative of these celestial bodies.
The Circle is of course also connected to the circumference and circumferential movement. The cyclic movement can be represented by the Wheel. Both the Disk and the Wheel are circular; however, the disk is immobile while the wheel rotates (although within the structure of the wheel there is a duality, since the center is still and the perimeter moving). The circumference suggests a limit, an enclosing, a border, but at the same time the circular movement is a representation of time, an eternal cyclic movement. Time, and the continuity of life, can be symbolized by the Ouroboros, the serpent/snake/dragon who is biting its own tail, forming an “O” with its body. (See also: Snakes, Serpents)
The Wheel is a symbolic synthesis of the activity of cosmic forces and the passage of time, which is rooted in solar or zodiacal symbolism. The rim of the Wheel are often divided into sectors illustrating phases in the passing of time. However, to move instead in the direction from the outside of the wheel towards the central point (instead of moving circumferential) is to travel towards the mystic “Centre“, which is non-spatial and timeless. It could also mean going through a transmutation, an ascending metamorphosis.
September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
The intention of symbols representing the “mystic Centre”, is to reveal the meaning of the of the primordial state; to make it possible for man to identify with the supreme rule of the universe. In many religions God resides in the Centre, and in diagrams of the cosmos the center spot is reserved for the Creator, sometimes surrounded by concentric circles spreading outwards. This formation, concentric circles spreading outwards, is in some cultures also a symbol of infinity.
Many rituals acts are partaken in with the intent of finding the spiritual Centre of a location. The purpose of many pilgrimages is to reach the Centre, to reach the paradisal state. As has been mentioned before, the symbolism of finding the center of a maze or labyrinth is connected to the idea of the Centre, where the answer, or origin can be found in the center.
In a cross, the Centre is located at the intersection and conjunction of crossing lines. In this position it expressess the infinite depth of space. Moving towards the Centre, could also symbolize transformational process.
April 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
Clouds, because of their tendency to change appearance – always being in a state of metamorphosis – are symbolic of indeterminate things. They are an intermediate between formal and non formal, because of their elusive state of being. Another symbolic function of clouds is the obscuring of processes (like the mask that hides the process of transformation/metamorphosis, see: Chrysalis).
They represent the combination of two elements; the fusion of Air and Water. Since water and heat (fire) combined, produce steam (clouds), the “Mist of Fire” is representative of all the non-solid elements: air, fire, water.
Clouds are sometimes described as the Upper Waters.
Other keywords: prophecies, messengers, fecundity
April 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
The term chrysalis is derived from the Greek word for gold, χρυσός (chrysós), because of the metallic gold-colouration that is found in the pupae of many butterflies.
A chrysalis (or nympha) is the pupal stage of butterflies. The pupal stage comes after the larval stage and before imago. During the time of pupation the larval structures are broken down, and the adult structures are formed. Pupation may last weeks, months or even years. Pupae are inactive; they have a hard coating and are usually not able to move, which renders them defenseless. Therefore their placement is often concealed.
The chrysalis has the same function as the mask. A metamorphosis must be hidden from view – and behind the mask of the chrysalis, the transformation of an individual can be kept out of view, in secret, disguised (This disguising effect is also ascribed to clouds, see: Clouds)
January 21, 2011 § 1 Comment
This species is most active in sunshine and use a range of grassland habitats as their territories: meadows, coastal dunes, woodland clearings, gardens… anywhere where their food plants are found. They are frequent visitors to flowers. In dull weather, they roost head down on a grass stem. At night, they roost communally. The male is of intensive blue colour. The male is active, setting up and defending territories from rivals; the female is secretive, reclusive, spending her time nectaring and resting. Her wings are of brown colour, with fire-orange spots near the edges.
The latin name for this butterfly is Icarus. And if the blue-coloured male is an image of an Icarus soaring in the sky with his shiny and new wings, the female Polyommatus icarus is an image of Icarus after flying too close to the sun; and now, the formerly beautifully sky-blue wings are scorched and sooty – only a little blue in the middle is left – while the outer edges of the wings have been set aflame by the sun’s fire.